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Black Friday Special Sales are Up at iZotope



iZotope is obsessed with great sound. Their intelligent audio technology helps musicians, music producers, and audio post engineers focus on their craft rather than the tech behind it. For a limited time, iZotope is having a Black Friday sale. This sale will expire on November 30, 2017.

The sale you’ve been waiting for all year is now here. Get any of our new Elements plug-ins including Ozone Elementals (with Master Assistant), Neutron Elements (with Track Assistant), and RX Elements (with the RX Audio Editor and Voice De-noise) for only $29 each. Or, get all three as part of our new Elements Suite for only $79.

Ozone Elementals, Neutron Elements, and RX Elements are usually $129 each. The Elements Suite is usually $199.

If you already own one or more of iZotope’s products, you can save on iZotope bundles. To access these deals, you need to visit the iZotope website and log in to your account. This sale includes:

Mix & Master Bundle: Ozone 8 Standard+Neutron 2 Standard for any Standard product owner. It is on sale now for $199. (The regular price is $398)

O8N2 Bundle: Ozone 8 Advanced + Neutron 2 Advanced for any Standard product owner. It is on sale now for $399. (The regular price is $499)

O8N2 Bundle: Ozone 8 Advanced + Neutron 2 Advanced for any Advanced product owner. It is on sale for $299. (The regular price is $499)

Visit the iZotope website for more information, and to see what else is on sale.


Eventide has a Sale on MangledVerb



Eventide has a sale on MangledVerb (for a limited time). You can buy MangledVerb for $49 now through November 30, 2017. After that date, MangledVerb will be available for the MSVP of $79. You can also download a fully-functioning 30 day demo.

MangledVerb is a unique effect combining reverb and distortion. Ported directly from the award-winning H9 Harmonizer, MangledVerb is capable of creating lush reverbs, ripping distortion leads and sound-sculpting musical chaos. Guitarists have used it for years to create signature sounds and now you can have it in your favorite DAW.

Features:

  • Over 180 presets designed to inspire; including the H9 presets and presets by artists by artists like Richard Devine, Vernon Reid, Chris Carter and many more.
  • Create out-of-this-world soundscapes by increasing the Size and Overdrive
  • Use it as Mono-In/Mono-Out, Mono-In/Stereo-Out or Stereo-In/Stereo-Out for ultimate flexibility
  • Smoothly move from Softclip distortion to Overdrive for ripping transitions
  • Use the Wobble control to create spooky detuning effects
  • Use The Ribbon control to easily manipulate multiple parameters in a live situation
  • Program the HotSwitch to instantly change multiple parameters at once
  • Optimized for live use with MIDI control of The Ribbon and Tap Tempo for quick meta-control on the fly
  • Use Mix Lock to scroll through presets while keeping the wet-dry mix constant.


The Quadrantid Swarm Synthesizer is on Kickstarter



The Quadrantid Swarm Synthesizer is an experimental touch synthesizer created by eowave. It encourages you to explore sound design and music with a direct and inspiring set of synthesis and sequencing tools. It is on Kickstarter, and, at the time I am writing this, has 22 days to go.

The Quadrantid Swarm Synthesizer is a desktop touch synthesizer aimed at sound designers and musicians who are looking for an expressive tool to explore rich and unusual soundscapes with a direct intuitive approach.

The Quadrantid Swarm is an instrument that has been designed openly – to be used with MIDI, alongside your modular synthesizer/CV sequencer or to be explored as a standalone drone/sequencer/generative synthesizer.

It has 8 modes that eowave encourages you to consider as a springboard for musical inspiration, rather than a preset. The modes are: Organ, Strings, Drone, Noise, Grains, Perc, Metal, and Chiptune. These modes are not direct emulations of existing instruments, but they borrow on inspiration from their namesakes.


Soundtoys Offers Little Plate for Free



Soundtoys is offering Little Plate for free – but only for a limited time. Little Plate offers the lush sound of plate reverb, with a modern twist. Get it for free through November 22, 2017. The unmistakable plate reverb sound – warm, rich and spacious – is now at your fingertips.

Inspired by the original EMT 140 plate reverb, we captured the gorgeous sound and vibe of this studio classic and turned it into a fun and musically inspiring plug-in. And we couldn’t resist pushing the limits of reality, so we added a couple of fun twists that let you take Little Plate to spaces the original hardware only dreamed of.

While the original reverb could only muster a modest five seconds of reverberation time, Soundtoys pushed that number higher. You can set the Decay Time to infinity, and Little Plate’s reverb tails never fade away.

Keep your reverb and your mixes clean with the built-in Low Cut filter. Use the Low Cut filter to control and tame those boomy bass frequencies. Flip the Space Modulator switch to introduce slight modulation into the reverb tail.

Highlights:

  • Add the sound of vintage plate reverb to your tracks
  • Push beyond the limits of the hardware with extended reverb and decay time-consuming
  • Create infinite reverb effects that never decay
  • Optional modulation for natural-sounding variation in the reverb tail
  • Low Cut filter to tame low frequency build-up
  • 25 distinct presets to quickly dial in a sound

Logitek has a Beta for JetLink



Logitek manufactures audio over IP routers, audio consoles and other professional audio equipment. The company was founded in 1979, and have been in continuous innovation ever since. Right now, Logitek has a public beta program for JetLink.

Logitek has a list of frequently asked questions about the JetLink beta. One question is: “Logitek is an audio console company. Why develop an audio codec product?” Their answer is:

Between the coming ISDN shutdown around the world and recent regulatory changes in the US, radio is anything but business as usual right now. Logitek and Logitek Australia set out to create an alternative to clunky hardware codec boxes to slim down your remote kit. Plus, as everything in radio becomes virtualized, we know that everyone is going to need better ways of transporting audio.

The JetLink beta is just the beginning of a series of useful tools from Logitek to create great radio today…and tomorrow.

JetLink is a new software solution to send broadcast quality audio from point to point.
You can sign up for the Free Public Beta of JetLink now. JetLink can be used to send and receive audio in real time between two Windows computers over a LAN, WAN, or the public internet. The public beta is free.

Logitek has not yet released a price for JetLink. They are still working that out, and will be surveying their beta testers to determine the right feature mix and price point.


HOFA’s SYSTEM Basic is Freeware



HOFA is offering SYSTEM basic as freeware. You can download it for free from the HOFA website.

SYSTEM basic is the freeware version of the popular EQ, dynamic & effect toolbox by HOFA. 21 modules are available which you can use separately or combined. All routing happens automatically, whereby multiband, mid/side and dual mono routings are always on-hand.

150+ HOFA presets are loadable, but can only be edited to a limited extent. There are two different kids of presets. Presets for modules can be loaded in HOFA SYSTEM basic as long as the restricted parameters aren’t changed. For example, an AlgoVerb preset can be loaded as long as it uses the Plate algorithm.

Besides module presets a major feature of HOFA SYSTEM is to save whole processing chains. These chains can be loaded and changed in HOFA SYSTEM basic as long as all used modules parameters are available in the freeware. If a chain preset contains modules that would need a license it can only be loaded if it is a factory (HOFA) preset. In this case, it isn’t possible to change any routing or parameters.

There is a very detailed chart on the HOFA website that lists individual modules, points out its limitations (if any), and shows if it is always included of what full version it is available in.


Get Soundtoys Outer Limits Collection for Free



Soundtoys audio effects bring color, character, and creativity to your digital music studio with plug-ins that merge the sound and vibe of classic analog gear with modern musical twists. You can get their Outer Limits collection for free.

Outer Limits is a FREE collection of 67 presets designed to turn any audio into strange and frightening sounds, spacey sci-fi soundscapes, and mutated audio oddities. This preset expander uses the virtually limitless power of the Soundtoys Effect Rack to take sound design to alternate realities. Perfect for movies, TV, games, or that far out song intro you’ve been searching for.

Outer Limits requires the Soundtoys Effect Rack (version 5.2 or later), which is exclusively included in Soundtoys 5. You can listen to some of the Outer Limits sounds right on the Soundtoys website. They are grouped into three categories: Voice, Effects, and Drones.


Tether Tools Released its Case Relay Camera Power System



Tether Tools is committed to supplying professional and enthusiast photographers with the finest tethering photography equipment. They have released their Case Relay Camera Power System. It is a first of its kind, and provides uninterruptible power for a DSLR or mirrorless camera using any standard 5V USB external battery pack.

The Case Relay Camera Power system works in sync with the Relay Camera Coupler, designed specifically for your camera. A Relay Camera coupler is inserted directly into the camera battery port, then connected to the Case Relay CPS. The Case Relay connects directly to any standard 5V external battery, commonly known as a portable USB charger, widely available at most stores or via TetherTools.com.

With Case Relay’s own secondary, internal 1200 mAh battery, if the photographer’s external battery pack runs low it’s easy to swap the external battery and not lose power to the camera. With the Rock Solid External Battery Pack (10,000 mAh) from Tether Tools, photographers will be able to shoot considerably longer than with a standard camera battery. A 10,000 mAh external battery will provide 3-10 times the power of most camera batteries, depending on the camera.

Advantages:

  • Continually power your camera with USB battery packs
  • Hot-swap batteries mid-shooting with no downtime
  • No need to purchase multiple camera batteries
  • More cost effective than purchasing multiple proprietary camera batteries
  • Power sources are non-proprietary, so you can power your camera with the same 5V battery you use to charge phones or tablets.
  • Never need to charge camera batteries again

AT5047 is a Premier Studio Microphone



Audio-Technica released the AT5047 cardioid condenser microphone. It is equally at home with vocals and instruments.

Boasting an exceptionally wide dynamic range – the greatest among all Audio-Technica microphones – the AT5047 captures the full, expressive character of a sound source, no matter how loud or how soft. And since it is equipped with a transformer-coupled output, the microphone maintains a constant load output impedance, even when capturing sources at extreme SPL, resulting in a stable relationship between the mic and a mic preamp or console input.

In keeping with the 50 Series’ commitment to purity of sound, the AT5047 includes the four-part rectangular element originally developed for the AT5040. Four exquisitely matched ultra-thin diaphragms function together (with outputs proprietarily summed) as Audio-Technica’s largest-ever element, providing combined surface area twice that of a standard one-inch circular diaphragm.

Features include:

  • Exceptionally wide dynamic range captures the full, expressive character of instruments and voices – from the cress of drum brushes to powerful vocal performances
  • Four rectangular diaphragms (2 micron) function together to provide a combined surface area twice that of a standard one-inch circular diaphragm
  • Discrete components carefully selected and optimized for maximum performance and compatibility with standalone microphone preamps and console inputs
  • Transformer-coupled output provides smooth sonic character
  • Hand assembled and inspected for 100% quality control
  • Advanced internal shock mounting decouples the capsule from the microphone body
  • Elegant, durable housing of aluminum and brass
  • Included advanced-design custom AT8480 shock mount provides superior isolations
  • Custom hard-shell carrying case with die-cut foam compartments offers protection during storage and transport

The AT5047 cardioid condenser microphone is priced at US $3,499.00.


Rylo is a Little Camera that Captures Cinematic Video



Rylo is a little 360° camera that is powered by innovative software that enables you to create larger-than-life, cinematic video. It captures everything around you with breakthrough stabilization technology. When you are done shooting video, you can connect Rylo to your smartphone and use the Rylo app to easily edit and create a video that you can share.

Rylo captures everything in 360° all around you in beautiful 4K resolution, letting you share vivid and realistic scenes loaded with details. With the Rylo app, you can create a perfectly framed clip from any section of your 360° shot and share traditional HD video, or fully immersive 360° video.

After you shoot a video with Rylo, just plug the camera into your phone and the Rylo app automatically opens, providing tools to quickly edit and share the perfect shot. Of course, you’ll see familiar editing controls like trimming and cropping, but also advanced camera techniques you can apply with a couple of taps – it’s like having a full video production studio in the palm of your hand.

FrontBack: Put yourself in the action with a picture-in-picture that shows your reactions as you capture a moment. Rylo’s dual lenses make sure you never miss a moment, including those behind the camera.

Follow: Rylo’s follow feature lets you track the action with just a single tap in the app. Follow an object and Rylo automatically adjusts the camera’s orientation to keep the action in the frame.

Points: Control the camera’s perspective, after-the-fact, by tapping on specific points of interest in your video. Rylo automatically produces smooth video that connects each of your points.

Timelapse: Create moving timelapse videos by speeding up Rylo’s stabilized video. Control how fast you want your video to play (up to 16x normal speed) and make cinematic timelapses without a gimbal or tripod.